Kochi: Kerala High Court here on Wednesday has granted interim bail to SFI state secretary PM Arsho who has been booked in many cases including an attempt to murder. Weeks before, the court had granted interim bail to him over the plea citing upcoming exams. But this bail expired on August 3.
Arsho hailing from Palakkad is a student in Maharajas College, Ernakulam. He was arrested for a case registered under sections 308, 355, 323, 324, 506, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly attacking a student. The case against the SFI leader was registered in 2018.
Earlier on July 12, the Kerala High Court dismissed his bail petition. Citing exams, he once again approached the court seeking bail. The court then granted interim bail with a condition that he should enter Ernakulam only for writing the exams.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers then alleged that the Maharajas College intervened and flouted the mandates for Arsho after the court granted bail to him. According to them, Arsho did not have the attendance to appear for the exam and even then the college issued the hall ticket, so that can he can attain bail. They also lodged a complaint with the Governor, who is also the chancellor of universities in the state.
It was on June 12, that the Kerala Police arrested Arsho for violating the bail conditions. Following this, he was remanded to 14-day judicial custody. There was also an allegation that police intentionally delayed the arrest in favour of Arsho. Meanwhile, a controversy erupted after SFI workers felicitated Arsho by raising slogans and putting garlands in front of the sub-jail in Kakkanad.
Days after this incident, he approached the High Court for bail. He has served more than one and a half months in jail.